Doug Hawk is a funk/jazz/R&B artist hailing from Easton, PA. Doug presents a unique, cerebral style, which can be described as at once historically soulful yet progressively hip. His music eschews the typical thematic content of the modern pop catalog — aligning instead with the more yearning, deeply personal sentiments of rebel and protest music. Consequently, his compositions are more positive affirmation than they are songs. His affirming lyrical content is supported by a beautiful, uniquely-refined accompaniment, utilizing melodies and chord changes that travel beyond the usual and expected. This is intelligent, inspiring, grooving music that not only makes you think but move, as well. Comparisons to artists such as Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai and Steely Dan accurate but in a purely derivative sense. Hawk has emphatically forged his own unique sound and this is incredibly evident on his latest album “Songs for Humans.”
Doug graduated from Moravian College in 1998 with a BA in Music. During his time there, he was the featured soloist in numerous opera, jazz and choral ensembles, performed at the Villanova Jazz Festival, toured England and Scotland with the College choir, and was a catalyst in the school’s development of a major in jazz voice.
After graduation, Hawk began performing regularly with award-winning funk/jazz/R&B group Rhino Campground and experimental/pop/jazz trio ThreeMonKs. Both groups released multiple, well-received recordings and maintained busy performance schedules, including opening for Bob Marley’s Wailers. Largely because of his work with these groups, he won the 2002 & 2007 Lehigh Valley Music awards for Best Male Vocalist.
Doug appeared on Bob Dorough’s (Schoolhouse Rock) Occupy Wall Street-inspired single, “P Is For The People.” Groups of which he has been a part of have opened for the likes of such luminaries as Steely Dan and Michael McDonald. He has written and produced three ambient/yoga/meditation albums as part of the Dreaming of Being series and has scored music for the nationally-recognized charitable foundation Shanti Project (which teaches yoga to at-risk teens and incarcerated populations). Doug also toured internationally with Hmfo: A Hall & Oates Tribute and Start Making Sense: A Talking Heads Tribute. His original project, The Doug Hawk Proposition, is his ultimate mouthpiece, though — highlighting his refined message and his evolving instrumental and composition skills.
Hawk continues to hone his unique vocal and composition skills. He has “hung” with saxophone greats Dave Liebman and Jimmy Heath as well as jazz vocal legends Bobby McFerrin and Mark Murphy, who praised his “flights into fine improv and musical delights.” Other studies with groundbreaking vocalist J.D. Walter, improvisational guru Rhiannon and pianist/composer/educator Skip Wilkins figure prominently in his style. Doug maintains a teaching studio in Bethlehem, PA, and is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Temple University. He is also a Shiatsu practitioner, Reiki Master, accredited minister and an accomplished gardener.